Farm musings

A tip on growing pickling cucumbers

We set out 30 cucumber plants this year for use in our prized Turkeywoods Farm pickles. Twenty were stated from seed, and ten were purchased pre-potted. The plants from seed are doing far better, despite the delayed start. They have broad, deep green leaves while the potted plants are yellow and sparse. This is likely due to a root-bound condition with the potted plants, as the roots grow quickly and need space. It may seem to take longer for seeded plants, but they quickly catch up and out-grow the potted ones. We will no longer buy potted cucumbers.